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Six Children Have Been Orphaned After A Couple Died In A Car Accident While Trying To Flee ICE Officers

It’s been almost a week since the Garcia children lost their mom and dad to a horrific car accident, but in the that time span the community has come together to support them and it’s only getting stronger.

Immigration law enforcement officials pulled Santos Hilario Garcia and his wife, Marcelina Garcia Perfecto, over on March 13. The undocumented couple attempted to flee ICE officials but lost control of their SUV. The vehicle hit a utility pole, and overturned. Officials pronounced them dead at the scene.

The community in Delano, California and people throughout the country have rallied together to help the six children, now orphans, have some kind of financial stability.

In just three days, a fundraiser set up for the six kids (ages 8 to 18) has surpassed its $40,000 goal.

The GoFundme page, set up by Linda Hinojosa, who works in social services in Delano, has quickly raised tens of thousands of dollars in less than a week. According to the fundraising site, the Garcia’s eldest daughter will raise her younger siblings along with her own 19-month old son.

Family and friends will bury Santos and Marcelina in their native Guerrero, Mexico. Their children, however, won’t be able to leave the U.S. and attend the funeral.

“Because of our broken immigration system, unfortunately the children will not be able to see their parents laid to rest,” Hinojosa writes on GoFundme. “This tragic loss has created tremendous hardship for the children, on top of the already traumatic experience of suddenly losing both parents. Your financial support is desperately needed to ensure this hardworking loving family is able to remain together and continue their life in Delano. Your support will help these children pay for rent, food and other basic necessities. Thank you for your generosity and compassion.”

United Farm Workers has also shown the support for the Garcia family.

UFW President Arturo Rodriguez speaks with family of 2 farm workers who died yesterday

Posted by UFW on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

UFW President Arturo Rodriguez has spoken out on behalf of the family soon after the accident took place. Both Santos and Marcelina worked in the agriculture and were on their way to work when ICE pulled them over.

“What is the reason for ICE stopping these people,” Leydy Rangel at UFW said to The Los Angeles Times. “Is it just because they matched the description, which is what, a brown, farm working family? We’re hoping to get a clearer sense of that. What’s the practice they’re using to detain random people?”

According to several news reports, ICE mistakenly took Santos as their prime suspect. That is why ICE officers attempted to detain him.


READ: This Yale Student Is Fighting To Free Her Dad From ICE Detainment

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Five Migrant Girls Were Found Left Alone And Abandoned In The Texas Heat

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Five Migrant Girls Were Found Left Alone And Abandoned In The Texas Heat

This past March, according to El Pais, migrants crossed the Rio Grande at an all-time high not seen in the past 15 years. US government reports underlined that a total of 171,000 people arrived at the southern border of the United States in March. Eleven percent were minors who made the journey by themselves.

Reports say that this vulnerable group will continue to grow in size with recent shifts in the Biden administration child immigration policies. Five migrants girls recently found by the river recently became part of this group.

An onion farmer in Quemado recently reported that he found five migrant girls on his land.

The girls were each under the age of seven, the youngest was too small to even walk. Three of the girls are thought to be from Honduras, the other two are believed to have come from Guatemala.​ Jimmy Hobbs, the farmer who found the girls, said that he called the Border Patrol gave the children aid by giving them water and food and putting them in the shade.

“I don’t think they would have made it if I hadn’t found them,” Hobbs told US Rep. Tony Gonzalez (R-Texas) in a New York Post. “Because it got up to 103 yesterday.”

“My thoughts are that it needs to stop right now. There are going to be thousands. This is just five miles of the Rio Grande,” Hobbs’ wife added in their conversation with Gonzalez. “That’s a huge border. This is happening all up and down it. It can’t go on. It’s gonna be too hot. There’ll be a lot of deaths, a lot of suffering.” 

“It is heartbreaking to find such small children fending for themselves in the middle of nowhere,” Chief Border Patrol Agent Austin Skero II explained of the situation in an interview with ABC 7 Eyewitness News. “Unfortunately this happens far too often now. If not for our community and law enforcement partners, these little girls could have faced the more than 100-degree temperatures with no help.”

According to reports, the Customs and Border Protection stated that the five girls​ ​will be processed and placed in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services.​

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The Principal Of A Florida School Was Captured Spanking An Undocumented Six-Year-Old Student With A Paddle

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The Principal Of A Florida School Was Captured Spanking An Undocumented Six-Year-Old Student With A Paddle

Corporal punishment includes all sorts of cruel physical acts. They range from spanking, slapping, force-feeding, and pinching to pulling, twisting, and striking with an object. The act of corporal punishment has long been criticized for its part in causing greater damage than intended.

Though the effects might bring around immediate compliance, researchers have underlined that such changes in behavior are often only short-term and can increase aggressive behavior. Perhaps this is why the act has varying legal statuses across the country.

Elementary school principal Melissa Carter is learning her own lesson from corporal punishment, but not as the receiver.

The elementary school principal from Florida is being investigated by local authorities after her use of corporal punishment on a 6-year-old student was captured on camera.

Principal Melissa Carter and school clerk Cecilia Self used a paddle on the student last month as punishment for damaging a computer screen. According to local CBS affiliate WINK News, corporal punishment was performed on the child in front of their mother. The mother used her cell phone to record the paddling in a clip that has gone viral.

According to WINK News, a female employee from the school contacted the child’s mother on April 13 after her daughter allegedly damaged a computer.

The mother of the child, who speaks Spanish and not fluent English, said that she was confused by the allegations made against her daughter during the phone call. During the conversation the school employee had mentioned “paddling” but the mother didn’t understand what that meant because of her language barrier.

She had been under the impression that she had been brought to the school to pay a $50 fine. Instead, she was taken to Principal Carter’s office where her daughter and the principal were waiting.

Carter soon brought out a wooden paddle and smacked the six-year-old on the backside. The video recorded by the mothers shows the little girl crying in pain during the attack.   

The mother claimed she resisted intervening because she feared having her immigration status brought into question.

“Nobody would have believed me. I sacrificed my daughter, so all parents can realize what’s happening in this school,” told the local news about the incident. “The hatred with which she hit my daughter, I mean it was a hatred that, really I’ve never hit my daughter like she hit her. I had never hit her.”

Bret Provinsky, the mother’s attorney, said the State Attorney’s Office is currently reviewing the case to see whether they will pursue criminal charges against Carter and Cecilia Self.

Self was meant to translate for the mother, but the mother said she did not do so. “That’s aggravated battery. They’re using a weapon that can cause severe physical harm,” said Provinsky. “The child is terrified, she feels vulnerable. There’s nothing she can do in the hands of these adults, who treated her so brutally, savagely, sadistically.”

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